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7 ROUNDS DONE, WORK'S JUST BEGUN


7 ROUNDS DONE, WORK'S JUST BEGUN
SCHENECTADY -- They call it their quot;war room,quot; and with evidence of scattered pizza and doughnut boxes, four men had been bunkered down for awhile. The warm air outside only added to their perspiration late Sunday afternoon as they watched the National Football League draft unfold.


National Sports Management, the agent to more than 70 professional athletes, had 17 draft-eligible players, including two from the University at Albany. The agency envisioned as many as seven getting selected, but as the draft headed to the seventh and final round, all were still on the board.

Talk about tension. Each round a player is bypassed lowers his potential signing bonus. A seventh-rounder may get $25,000-$50,000 to sign. An undrafted player will try to get invited to an NFL camp, but the compensation might be a couple of thousand, if anything at all.

On a large flat-screen TV at the end of the room, ESPN has Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer (not a NSM client) on a satellite feed. Hoyer, who subsequently was not drafted, tells ESPN, quot;It's getting hot in here.quot;

quot;Yeah,quot; said J.R. Rickert, who co-founded and directs National Sports Management, quot;I know the feeling.quot;

Concerned clients called and sent text messages to Rickert and his associates, who are unable to get inside the heads of NFL general managers.

quot;You ought to see the texts I'm getting,quot; Rickert said in reference to client Cameron Morrah, a tight end from California projected as a fourth-round selection. quot;He said it's like a funeral there.quot;

Finally, at 5:35 p.m. -- more than 71/2 hours after the Sunday draft session began -- there was a breakthrough. Chris Ogbonnaya, a running back from Texas, was taken by the St. Louis Rams with the 211th overall pick.

In the war room the men exchanged high-fives as they celebrated their sixth consecutive year of having a player drafted.

Meanwhile, Morrah's name kept climbing up the list of quot;Kiper's best availablequot; players. Mel Kiper, the ESPN draft expert, projected Morrah as the 106th pick, and the draft was well into the 200s.

quot;Tight ends are flying off the board,quot; ESPN's Trey Wingo said.

quot;Yeah, thanks,quot; said Rickert, who kept a dry-erase board listing teams he thought may be interested in drafting one of their clients.

Buffalo was not one of the seven teams listed for client Ellis Langster, a cornerback out of West Virginia, but the Bills made him the 220th pick.

The irony of that choice was that Rickert played Football at St. John Fisher with Bills general manager Russ Brandon.

quot;I'll be negotiating with my college teammate,quot; Rickert chuckled.

As the draft dragged into the evening, the men finally got the news they had expected hours earlier. Morrah was selected 248th by Seattle.

quot;I can eat again,quot; said Mike Giorgio, one of Rickert's partners. quot;My nerves are a little less fluttered.quot;

The three drafted players tied the National Sports Management's high from 2007.

As soon as the selection process ended, the agents worked into late Sunday night, trying to get minicamp invitations for their free agents, including UAlbany tackle Raphael Nguti and punter Chris Lynch.

Lynch agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns and will report to minicamp Friday. The agents were still working the phones for the others.

Fortunately, not all of the pizza boxes were empty.

Pete Dougherty can be reached at 454-5416 or by e-mail at pdougherty@timesunion.com

BOX:

Regional teams' grades

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco assigned grades to all of the NFL teams' drafts. He gave high grades to the Bills , Giants, Jets and Patriots:

JetsB+Made move to get Sanchez. He could pay off for years.

Patriots B+ Added some good players; 2nd-round pick next year.

Bills B- Maybin will really help. They need to replace Jason Peters.

Giants B- Jerry Reese has another good draft for the team.

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C5 Complete draft picks.



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Added: April 28, 2009

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